More than 2,200 people have been arrested in Texas bars in the six months of a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission crackdown on public intoxication, says the Houston Chronicle. The arrests included people who were drunk in bars, who sold alcohol to a drunk person, or a drunk employee on the premises of a bar or restaurant with a license to sell alcohol. Agents recently infiltrated 36 bars in a Dallas suburb and arrested 30 people for public intoxication.
“The laws in Texas against public intoxication also apply to bars,” said a commission spokeswoman. “Texas has the highest DWI rate in the nation, and we are trying to reduce those rates.” The agency is trying to encourage licensees to serve patrons responsibly. People arrested for public intoxication “are not people who had a couple of beers with dinner. They are people who are so drunk that they caught the attention of a TABC agent,” said the spokeswoman.